James 4:15

“For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For that yee ought to say, if the Lord will, we shall liue, and doe this, or that.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Instead, {you ought} to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall both live, and do this or that.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But the right thing to say would be, If it is the Lord's pleasure and if we are still living, we will do this and that.
- Basic English Bible

instead of your saying, If the Lord should [so] will and we should live, we will also do this or that.
- Darby Bible

Instead of that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
- Webster's Bible

Instead of that you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we shall live and do this or that."
- Weymouth Bible

For you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will both live, and do this or that."
- World English Bible

For what is youre lijf? A smoke apperinge at a litil, and aftirward it schal be wastid. Therfor that ye seie, If the Lord wole, and if we liuen, we schulen do this thing, ether that thing.
- Wycliffe Bible

instead of your saying, `If the Lord may will, we shall live, and do this or that;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for James 4:15


4:15 Instead of your saying - That is, whereas ye ought to say.


People's Bible Notes for James 4:15


Jas 4:15 Ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will. The proper way is to plan everything subject to the Lord's will.

Discussion for James 4:15

  • Vance Jones for verse 15
    Very good advice for Christians. When we ask the Lord to protect us during the course of the day, it's in keeping with the advice provided in James 4:15. Our perspectives are limited whereas God's is not. We must always acknowledge our need for divine guidance and protection in this very dangerous world.
  • Elder Doris Harrell for verse 15
    Oh, look at how gracious the LORD is to give us an escape from making rash promises and remarks with our mouths. Our intent may be honorable but truly we don 't know what we will be doing on tomorrow. This is all in his hands. When we say what James 4 15 is saying we are truly speaking the truth!!! I can 't tell you how many times I have regretted saying what I will do or where I will go and wishing later that I had never made those promises. He has, indeed, in James 4 15 given us a way of escape from the temptation of making rash promises with our mouths. And I just want to say thank you LORD.

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